101 in 1001: 9/21/2017 - 6/18/2020

by - 10/06/2017

Mom life is weird.

Don't get me wrong, it's also the best thing ever. But in no other phase of my life have I simultaneously had so much to do and also nothing to do. I have a lot more free time as a new mom than I thought I would, but I'm kind of limited to certain things during that time because of naps and such. It's kind of hard to explain...

Basically, I'm feeling kind of stuck and bored with the same things all the time. So, in an effort to add some excitement back into my life, I'm stealing an idea from my cute sister-in-law, Emily. It's called: 101 in 1001.

To put it simply, this is a shorter-term "bucket list" of sorts, where you give yourself a bunch of goals (101 to be exact) you want to accomplish in 1001 days. Emily is on her second list and documenting it on her blog, and I must admit it has totally inspired me! I figure it'll help me do some things I've been meaning to do, as well as think outside the box, too! My list is a combination of fun things, as well as some personal goals that will help me be a better person. There are a few ideas that I've stolen from Emily, but most are from my own little mind!

This has been in the works for a few weeks now, which is why the start date is 9/21. And hey - it ends on my birthday! So that's neat. It also means that some are already accomplished! My plan with this list is to try to do as many as I can and then document them on my blog. This post is just an intro so I won't be updating it; I'll be noting and linking to posts about all completed items on a separate page: click here! I may also borrow another idea from Emily and do a monthly update, just to keep myself accountable.

I've discovered that when it comes to goals, writing them down carries some secret magic that makes me about 99% more likely to actually accomplish them. Obviously, life happens and a lot of things could change over the course of the next 1001 days, but I'll do my best and that's good enough, right!? :)

So now, without further ado, here's my list!


1. Make a photo book of our wedding day
2. Make a photo book of Jack's first year, and finish his milestone book
3. Make a photo book of our San Fran trip
4. Make date nights without baby a regular thing - at least twice a month for 6 months
5. Teach Jack baby sign
6. Take Jack to the dinosaur museum
7. Have another baby
8. Start a journal for Jack


9. One month without setting foot in Target. :)
10. Pay off debt.
11. Save $10 for every item on the list (stolen from Emily!!)
12. One month without spending ANY money on personal/fun things. Money not spent into a savings account
13. 3 months of expenses in savings


14. Learn how to bake bread or something else with yeast that totally scares me
15. Make a cake and a pie from scratch
16. Meal plan and make dinner 4 nights/week for 2 weeks
17. Try something new at 3 of my most frequented restaurants
18. Go to 3 new restaurants
19. Make 10 new recipes, at least one in each of the following categories: dessert, dinner, foreign, salad, healthy, drink, and something with quinoa! :)
20. Bake and decorate sugar cookies and take some to neighbors
21. Learn how to can fruit or veggies, and/or make homemade jam


22. Go to a movie by myself (another one stolen from Emily)
23. Buy a DSLR camera and learn how to use it, including taking a photography class.
24. Wear a dress or skirt every day for a week, two different times
25. Find some amazing fall foliage and take pictures
26. Go to at least 3 concerts/shows: a band I love, a classical music concert, and a broadway show (or, more realistically, something at Tuachan)
27. Take outfit photos and post them to the blog at least 5 times
28. Get a massage
29. Get some hunter boots
30. Post 5 times a week on the blog for one month
31. Watch The West Wing 
32. Watch 25 movies already released on video that I've never seen, including at least one western movie at Jim's request. :)
33. Learn how to make/edit my own videos and make at least 2 of Jack (day in the life, first year)
34. Figure out a cute straight hairstyle for my short hair
35. Do something different with my hair every day for a week
36. Go on a hike
37. Learn how to use Photoshop
38. Go to the Zoo lights
39. Write down my dreams every morning for a month
40. Watch a foreign film without spoken English, with subtitles
41. Wear lipstick every day for 2 weeks
42. Learn how to hand-letter, then make something and hang it on the wall
43. Make a piece of jewelry
44. Don't say anything negative for 3 days
45. Refashion or sew from scratch one item of clothing
46. Visit a lavender field
47. Go to a pumpkin patch
48. Go to a museum I've never visited
49. Watch every Doris Day movie
50. Watch one of my favorite childhood or teen-years TV shows from start to finish


51. Lose the last 8 pounds to reach my goal weight
52. With the exception of a pregnancy, maintain my goal weight (within 3 lbs) for the duration of the list
53. While pregnant, gain less than 35 pounds and (health permitting) exercise at least 3 times a week
54. Run another half marathon
55. Run 2 other races besides a half (5K and 10K)
56. Buy some new running shoes
57. Acquire enough cute exercise clothes to last me one week without washing
58. Finally get that tooth crowned
59. No sugar for one week (starting small, people). Then try it for one month.
60. Fill my activity rings on my watch every day for a month (go for Sunday walks!)
61. No Dr. Pepper or any other soda/caffeine for a month
62. Go to bed at 10 and wake up at 6AM every day for two weeks - start the day by myself!
63. Meditate every morning for a week
64. Figure out a weekly exercise routine that includes both running and strength training. Stick to it for at least one month straight.
65. Go for a run on the beach
66. Be a vegetarian for a week
67. Get a jogging stroller and run outside twice a week for a month


68. Complete 4 decor crafts for my home, including an everyday table centerpiece
69. Print wedding day photos and hang them
70. Organize my computer and phone files, photos, etc.
71. Print most recent family pictures and hang them
72. Finish decorating our bedroom, including a new full-length mirror.
73. Decorate the extra bedroom
74. Clean out/declutter all the house closets
75. Decorate the bathrooms
76. Organize the pantry


77. Read (or listen to) 150 books over the course of the list
78. Secret item!!! :) Details to come once it's complete!
79. Read all the books in my house. Organize and document what I have. Donate/sell the ones I don't like or won't read again.
80. Write about my 100 books read in 2017
81. Learn Rhapsody in Blue, start to finish.
82. Write a song on the piano
83. Read A Christmas Carol
84. Learn how to parallel park
85. Brush up on my ASL and use it in a real conversation!
86. Play/practice the piano 30 minutes a day for a month
87. Make a list of 5 people who have positively influenced me, and write them letters
88. Read 2 classics over 500 pages


89. Read the Book of Mormon twice during the list
90. Go to the temple once a month for 6 months in a row
91. Listen to at least one conference talk per day for two weeks
92. Read Jesus the Christ
93. Read scriptures every day for a month
94. Go to Music and the Spoken Word


95. Go to the East Coast
96. Visit a national park
97. Spontaneous weekend vacation (can it be considered spontaneous if I'm writing it down on a list of goals?! HA)
98. Go to HP World California
99. Road trip to a new place
100. Visit 3 new states
101. Identify and visit 5 cool places in Utah I've never been

Well, there you have it! I'm excited :) And hey, if you want to do your own list, DO IT! Let's do it together!!!!

Happy Friday!

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3 comment{s}


    Man I wish I had done my list after yours so I could steal some of your ideas!! These are all fantastic and I totally want to do some with you! Can't wait to see what you accomplish!! :D

  2. Can I got to HP world with you?! haha Also, I would love to teach you how to make rolls! I would love to try a lot of these with you.

  3. Like, will you teach me how to wear lipstick first of all? lol and then I'll wear it every day!


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